Say Let’s look at the cover of the book and read the title. The title says, Visiting an Animal Sanctuary: TheHard and Soft Sounds of G. I think this means the letter G can make more than one sound. Let’s examine the illustration.
Point to the characters and Ask Can you recognize the characters? Who are they?
(Kim, Deepa, and Nestor) It says photographs by Kim, Deepa, and Nestor, so I guess they are the characters in this book.
Ask What do you notice about the setting from the cover illustration?
(The characters are in a bubble car. It looks like they are in a forest.)
Point to the sign and Say The sign says 1 mile to animal sanctuary. So I think they are on their way to the animal sanctuary.
Ask inferential questions What does an animal sanctuary have to do with the hard and soft sounds of G?
(Answers may vary.)
Model a think-aloud: Say An animal sanctuary is a place where we can see various rescued animals. So I think the characters may find some animals that start with both hard and soft sounds of G in an animal sanctuary.
Point to the title and Say Let’s read the title together. Visiting an Animal Sanctuary: The Hard and Soft Sounds of G.
Ask What kind of book do you think this is? Is it a storybook, a science book, or an alphabet book?
(An alphabet book)
Say Yes. The alphabet book helps us learn the sounds letters make.
Ask What letter do you think we are going to learn in this alphabet book?
Say I predict we will read words in this book that begin with the letter G, but some of the words will begin with the /g/ sound of letter G and some will begin with the /j/ sound of letter G. The setting of the book sounds interesting—an animal sanctuary. Let’s read and find out!